§ Mr. Bossom
asked the President of the Board of Trade why, since he is experiencing the utmost difficulty in obtaining linseed oil and commercial glycerine, which are indispensable in the manufacture of paint, we exported, in the first three months of this year, more than double the amount that we exported in the corresponding period in 1938 and about seven times as much as was exported in the same period in 1945.
§ Sir S. Cripps
Linseed oil exports this year have been extremely small in comparison with those in 1938. The exports of glycerine during the first three months of this year were mainly to fulfil a commitment to the U.S.A. entered into in November last, when we had substantial stocks and there was no reason to expect the shortage which has since developed.